Category Archives: Beauty

Beauty

Som Sleep Supplement Review

10th May 2019

Alright, I’m especially excited for today’s product review. If any of y’all know me, you know I have such trouble sleeping. Although I’m not sure of the exact cause, I’d attribute my lack of slumber to extreme and constant anxiety/stress, with just a dash of medication side effects. I’m not joking when I say I hadn’t had a full night’s sleep since last year – until I started using this product.

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Golden Star Beauty Sunless Self Tanning Review

9th May 2019

I was so excited when Golden Star Beauty reached out to me to try their sunless tanning set! I’ve been using sunless tanners since I was in high school. I have a natural tan in my skin, but during the winter months I can often turn an olive-y green that looks a bit sickly. During the winter months and into the spring, I love to spruce up my skin and make it look a bit more radiant again by adding in a harmless tan through a bottle.

Sunless Tanner Golden Star Beauty

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Soap & Tonic Soap Review

2nd May 2019

In the spring, I’m always looking for new, natural skincare products. Anyone else? I love getting to try out new scents that are fresh and clean, replacing the warm vanilla scents from winter with sweet, floral fragrances. Natural, holistic products fare best with my skin, which is sensitive to harsh chemicals. That’s why I was so excited when Annie from Soap and Tonic agreed to a collaboration with me!

Soap & Tonic Soap Review

Soap and Tonic

Look at these gorgeous, hand-poured soaps Annie makes out of her home in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The scents are that perfect mix between clean, fresh and feminine. I’m all about supporting small brands, and I love that Annie commits to cruelty free, GMO free, paraben free, gluten free and VEGAN products. She’s the ultimate fempreneur and I’m happy to support and promote her beautiful brand.

In an interview with WhatSheBlogged, Annie said “simple things like using environmentally conscious skin care products makes people realize how the small, insignificant actions and choices in their everyday life can impact the world on a bigger scale.” And I LOVE that.

Tea Tree Soap Benefits

I have been switching off each night between the tea tree soap and the bergamot soap. Tea tree oil is so good for your skin, especially your face if you have any inflammation, swelling or redness. I use it to help with any acne scars, as well as antimicrobial properties. It is a natural antiseptic, and can be used to help with eczema (which I sometimes get on my arms). You could also lather up the soap and use it on your scalp in the shower to help with removing chemicals and dead skin cells from your head!

Bergamot Soap Benefits

Bergamot is a natural cleanser, and so using it on your face can help with removing the dirt and impurities from your pores. I like to use this in tandem with my Clarisonic to really get into my skin and clear it out. Bergamot is also known to keep your skin youthful and can help you fade any acne scars or hyper-pigmentation.

Matcha Pear Soap Benefits

Matcha is one of those incredible ingredients that seems to cure everything. It helps your complexion, helps keep the oils at bay for my oily skin friends and has overall amazing benefits for your skin. Plus, the pear scent makes this one smell SO incredible. 10/10 would recommend.

Supporting Small Businesses

Supporting small businesses are not only good for the environment because their products aren’t being mass produced, but it’s also great because investing in small businesses means investing in your community. They have a smaller carbon footprint on our world, but make a bigger impact when it comes to contributing to the success of our local economies. So, that’s cool, right?

Head on over to Annie’s shop over on her Etsy! I’ve conveniently linked it up right here for you.

XO,

Jade Nicole

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All Time Favorite Makeup Products

1st April 2019

Alright! Let’s talk makeup. I’ve been a makeup-consuming monster since I was in middle school; Michelle Phan ignited my love for the industry as she did the world. After many trials and tribulations, I finally found my makeup “holy grails.” I’ve repurchased them time and time again, so they’ve definitely made the cut to be on the all stars list.

I have to admit that there are probably very few (if any) products that will be a shocker to you, especially if you’re a frequent consumer of beauty content in the realms of Instagram and YouTube. However, there’s a reason this stuff is talked about so much!

I should mention, too, that my skin is pretty dry living here in Arizona. Growing up, I would characterize my skin as combination to oily, but that was in the constant and thick humidity of the South. I prefer medium to heavy coverage foundations (I am a pageant gal at heart, after all), and I don’t mind that “makeup” feeling that I know some people don’t like (like my mama). Just wanted to preface these things before I jumped into it, so you had some more context before weighing my opinions!

All Time Favorite Makeup Products

Born This Way Foundation, Too Faced ($39)

This foundation changed the game for me; I literally have no complaints about it, except for the fact that I waited so long to try it. It’s a medium to heavy coverage, and it looks really smooth and flawless throughout the day. I usually apply it with a dry beauty blender and it’s good to go for the day! Particularly, I love that it blends seamlessly into your skin. It truly does have the “born this way” effect. You know those foundations that look like your skin… but better? This is that one for me. 

Shapetape Contour Concealer, Tarte Cosmetics ($27)

I mean… if you haven’t tried this one yet, wyd??? This is the perfect concealer for the makeup lover, and it’s honestly astonishing if you haven’t tried it yet just because of its sheer popularity. It’s a really thick, heavy coverage concealer, but it doesn’t feel too heavy (to me, at least, but take that with a grain of salt). I love how brightening it is, and the chunky doe-foot applicator is perfect for getting a good amount of product onto the skin with minimal effort. I do find that it creases just a lil’ bit for me, so I usually set it with some type of powder like Laura Mercier Translucent Powder or even Maybelline Fit Me Powder to ensure it doesn’t budge throughout the day. Usually, I use the applicator to get it underneath my eyes, down my nose and onto my forehead, then blend it in with my Beauty Blender. I don’t, however, use this for blemishes or hyper pigmentation. It’s a bit thick for that, so I usually opt for something a little more sheer for those specific problem areas. 

Burnt Spice Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick, Mac Cosmetics ($22)

The signature lip for me! It is the perfect peachy-pinky mauve for your everyday look, giving your lips the perfect amount of color if you’re just not that into color (like me). I like that it doesn’t feel as heavy or sticky as Anastasia Beverly Hills lipsticks (although I do love Ashton and wear that on the regular as well). However, I do find it’s a bit dry on its own, so I usually gloss over with NYX’s Butter Gloss, blot a ton, then head out the door! It’s similar to the “Whirl” color, if you’re familiar with Mac’s color line, but of course, liquid lipsticks are my fav. 

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, Fenty Beauty ($34)

This one is a great one for the summer time! I love how it wears on the skin; it’s definitely more lightweight than the Too Faced foundation but still provides pretty medium coverage that is definitely blendable. It’s not as flawless as Born this Way, but it’s pretty dang close. Plus, Fenty Beauty is such an incredible brand to support out of every single makeup brand out there — I love their branding, their message of inclusivity and their commitment to bring beauty to all women. Side note: I tried the primer that was launched with it and didn’t significantly notice a difference! Not a favorite of mine, like the foundation.

Line Stiletto Ultimate Liquid Eyeliner, L’Oreal ($5) 

When I was compiling this list and going through my makeup bag, I originally brushed this liner to the side. That’s how much of a holy grail this is for me; I don’t even think about it. This liner, though, has been repurchased time and time and time again, and will be forevermore. I have no complaints; it’s long wearing, easy to apply and a deep, opaque black which is perfect for me. I remember trying out this liner when Gigi Gorgeous (Gregory Gorgeous at the time) recommended it, and I haven’t stopped using it since. Plus, it’s so cheap it’s hard to want to find a replacement (lol).

These are pretty much the only products in my bag that I’ve bought over and over again. Although I’ve had some favorites in the past including Becca Cosmetics’ Multi-Tasking Perfecting Powder and of course, the Beauty Blender, I have only purchased them once or twice. What are your favorites? Have you used most of these? What do you plan on giving a try?

XO,
Jade Nicole

Beauty

My Holy Grail Skincare Routine

14th March 2019

The skincare battle has been one that I’ve fought since I was (unfortunately) in the fifth grade. I had awful, painful acne that covered the surface of my skin from the time I was young, creating issues when it came to building self-confidence and detrimentally hurting my self image.

I actually took Accutane (you know, that intense oral drug) three times. Three. Times. Granted, I didn’t finish two of the cycles but still. I had to begin and stop the process three separate times. And it was awful.

It took me until I was in the 12th grade to really clear up my face, and even that was sub-par. My skin was by no means awful, but it also wasn’t clear. It’s hard now to find photos from when my skin was bad, so I’m sorry for the lack of documentation. But honestly, I didn’t want those photos saved. Not then, anyway.

After years and years of trying several different products and heading to the dermatologist for topical creams and oral pills, my mother decided to take me to an aesthetician for holistic skincare. They did a gentle extraction on my skin, then recommended the products that changed. the. game. forever.

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Cleansing

01. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser

I usually do something called “double cleansing,” which is essentially just washing your face… twice. I start off with a drugstore cleanser to remove my makeup. It’s important to me to have something gentle without too many harsh chemicals in it that’ll burn my face. I’m honestly not very picky about this first cleanser, but some good ones are linked here. I like the feel of cleansers that are described as “milk” cleansers, and of course, I love a good Cetaphil cleanser!

micellar foaming cleanser

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Foaming Face Wash

simple foaming cleanser

Simple Kind to Skin Foaming Cleanser

gentle skin cleanser cetaphil

Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser

02. Wash your face again with a Clarisonic and an exfoliating cleanser

Clarisonic

clarisonic face brush

Clarisonic Mia Smart

I’ve been in a love-hate relationship with my Clarisonic since like… the seventh grade. I was so excited because I was able to get it in the lime green color (lol).

For a long time, I thought the Clarisonic was too harsh on my skin and causing a lot of redness and pain. Buuuuut, as I got older, I realized that the Clarisonic wasn’t doing that, but the heavy and harsh chemical cleansers I was using in conjunction with it were. Taking off your makeup with a gentle cleanser first really helps with not just putting the Clarisonic to your face full of makeup and swirling foundation around in concentric circles.

The brush is this re-chargable and vibrates in circular motions to help get into your pores and really clear out your skin. It removes makeup, dirt, oil & debris, sunscreen and pollution from your everyday life. It claims to clean six times better than your hands alone, and I believe that. Any time I clean my face with just the exfoliating cleanser then tone, it astonishes me how much product is still coming off of my face. With the Clarisonic, it’s very minimal.

AHA Exfoliating Cleanser

AHA Cleanser

The aesthetician I went to sold a whole line of Societe Clinical Skin Care products, and they recommended the AHA Exfoliating Cleanser to start with. This cleanser is incredible. It’s an alpha-hydroxyl acid cleanser that supposedly “accelerates the exfoliation of dead skin cells from within the skin’s layers, helping skin to look healthier, younger, smoother and firmer.”

It’s perfect for my skin type, which is combination-oily (during Phoenix winters, I get really dry around my chin). My mother doesn’t like it as much and she doesn’t think it works as well on my younger siblings, but I could never recommend this product enough if you’re struggling. Of course, everyone’s skin is different, but this cleanser is something I can’t live without. It has tea tree oil in it, too, which is so awesome for your skin!

I usually repurchase it three times a year, and my mom stocks up for me during Christmastime. It’s on the pricier side, more towards the luxury skincare prices at $35 a bottle (if you order from Simply Smooth Skincare). This site also has free shipping, which is pretty neat.

Toning

03. Apply micellar water

Micellar water is something that has been popular in France for a long time, but has recently broken through the stateside barrier and become more popular in the US. Micellar water is comprised of micelle molecules that cling to dirt and makeup debris and break it down without harsh chemicals like alcohol (I stay away from that). It’s very gentle on sensitive skin especially, and it works really well on breaking down waterproof makeup, too. It’s always astonishing to me how much makeup comes off on cotton rounds when I use this!

04. Apply witch hazel

Witch Hazel

I didn’t really start using a toner until I was a bit older (in college, really), and I feel like this has really helped to step up my skincare game. A boy I dated actually recommended trying to use Witch Hazel on my skin, and I’ve been using it ever since. Witch hazel is an astringent that has several anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, which is useful in treating acne and removing oils from your skin. It’s especially helpful for spot treatment, but I just take a cotton round and apply it all over my skin.

Moisturizing

05. Apply an oil-free moisturizer

If you have oily or combination skin, an oil-free moisturizer is probably your best bet for staying hydrated and matte without the extra oil.

neutrogena hydo boost water gel

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water gel

neutrogena oil free moisturizer

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer

alba botanica hawaiian moisture cream oil free moisturizer

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Moisture Cream

Serums & Topical Treatments

06. Apply a serum for spot treatments

Blemish Clarifying Complex

Next up, my aesthetician recommended the Blemish Clarifying Complex from Societe. This is a topical serum that you spread onto your face after you’ve cleansed, toned and moisturized it. You only need a little bit, so it usually lasts me much longer than the cleanser. I also don’t use this product every night because it can be quite drying, especially in the winter months.

The description says that the product is “a unique complex that directly addresses the causes of inflamed and problematic skin. Bacteria, oil production, inflammation and cellular build-up are all components that increase negative skin responses, causing impure, inflamed and problematic skin. Used daily, this complex will aid in reducing these triggers, improving the skin’s condition and overall appearance.”

Bold claims, but doesn’t change the fact that this product is absolutely incredible. This serum is a bit more pricey and skews towards the luxury and high-end prices, but it lasts you around 6 months if you use it sparingly enough (like you’re supposed to). A little goes a long, long way. The price is $50 and you can order it from Simply Smooth Skincare for free shipping.

Aaaaaaand, you’re finally done! I know it can take quite a while every night and it’s such a hassle to get up and go through this routine, but it’s so worth it. Your skin will thank you for it! Being kind to your skin is part of being kind to your soul, so remember that next time you fall asleep with a face full of foundation (yikes. big yikes).

Let me know if there are any products I have to try, or if you’ve tried more of the Societe skincare line so that I can scope out my next holy grail item.

Talk soon.

XO,

Jade Nicole